Witchfest Open Air 2015

Witchfest Open Air 2015

Witchfest Open Air 2015

Witchfest Open Air 2015

2 to 6 April 2015 will see the biggest metal festival ever to take place on African soil. Witchfest Open Air 2015 #‎WFOA2015 will be held at the Klein Koperaal Farm just outside Johannesburg and will feature some of the biggest international names in the metal world with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Hatebreed, Epica and Decapitated (to name just a few) joining the bill. This ensemble of international metal awesomeness will also be supported by the very best the South African metal scene has to offer.

The legendary Jim Rose will be MC along with Marq Vas from South African metal legends Metalmorphosis.

The festival is set to make history as the first of its kind in South Africa.

Tickets and directions are available from www.witchdoctorproductions.com and www.computicket.com.

Win Sepultura Tickets

Sepultura and Groinchurn in South Africa

Sepultura and Groinchurn in South Africa

We have 1 set of double ticket to give away to one lucky person to see Sepultura play at The Assembly this Saturday!

All you have to do is comment below with how many members are in Sepultura.

The winner will be announced on Friday afternoon.

RSVP to the Facebook Event HERE.

DREAMSHADE INTERVIEW

Dreamshade in South Africa

Dreamshade are a Swiss Metal band, and will be here soon for their South African tour. We caught up with them for a quick interview…

Introduce yourselves! Who are you? What do you guys do outside of the band?
Hello everyone! We are Dreamshade, a Metal band from Lugano, Switzerland. Outside of the band we all work or study.

How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it before?
People have been trying to label our music with thousands of different names but I don’t actually think it’s possible to find the right one. Let’s just say our music is strongly based on melodies, atmospheres, power and epicness, all blended together with a groovy sound. It’s very modern and fresh.

What’s behind the name Dreamshade?
The band name came out somehow in 2007. We were in our rehearsal room and had a few beers, you know… we were kids and not able to hold our drinks. Then we spat out some ideas to represent the meaning of this band. We needed some words to express what this band means to us so the word “Dream” came out, but a dream is something you only live when you are sleeping so we wanted our band name to express what remains of our dreams, which is actually their shades.

We’re looking forward to your tour here! Do you have any expectations or pre-conceived ideas of South Africa?
We all know that South Africa is a very beautiful country. Our guitarist Rocco has been there once already and always told us we need to get there. We are very excited about playing your country and are really grateful for this opportunity. Just can’t wait to be there with all of you and taste your wine!

Dreamshade The Gift of Life

Take us through your typical songwriting process.
I usually write music and lyrics separately and independently. The majority of the riffs come from me and Rocco while the lyrics come from me and our singer Kevin. When we feel a song’s music is finally getting shaped and the structure makes sense we forward it to the rest band for approval and arrangements. As soon as the music is ready me and Kevin try to match the lyrics with the feeling of the song. This takes a significant amount of time as we write many vocal harmonies and rhythms.

Where do you draw influence/inspiration from?
We are often influenced by non-metal music. Most of the time our stuff comes from Ambient, Hip Hop, Punk, Pop, Rock or even Ethnic music and then transformed into our style. I know this sounds weird but that’s a true story. Always remember, the more influences you have, the more unique your music will sound.

What themes/topics do you lyrics mostly consist of? Who writes them?
As I said, me and Kevin write all the lyrics. The themes are constantly changing but we are always influenced by life. Kevin’s lyrics are usually more direct, I write more poetical stuff instead.

Do you only listen to Metal, or are there other genres you like? What do you listen to to unwind?
We don’t listen to Metal so often. We are very open-minded and listen to thousands of artists of any kind of music. I would suggest you a new Malaysian artist called Yuna; go check her out, she’ll blow your mind!

Dreamshade

When is the end of the world?
The end of the world will happen when we land in South Africa. Prepare yourselves for the blast!

How does the Metalcore scene in Switzerland compare to other scenes you’ve experienced?
We’re not very related to Metalcore actually. The music scene in our country is very small. I guess we are more popular in other countries. It’s pretty good anyway.

What other Swiss bands should we be keeping an ear out for?
If you’re looking for some new and good Swiss Metal I would suggest Eluveitie and Breakdown Of Sanity.

Anything else to would like to say?
We absolutely can’t wait to play for you in South Africa! I’m sure we will be able to see wonderful things and make new awesome friends! Spread our music among your friends and pre-order your tickets ’cause May is coming soon!

Dreamshade South Africa Tour

LAMB OF GOD IN SOUTH AFRICA

Lamb of God South Africa 2014

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ll have heard by now that Lamb of God are playing in South Africa this month!

Cape Town: http://www.facebook.com/events/395048820607385/

Johannesburg: http://www.facebook.com/events/546286785431777/

Heavy metal supporters in the Republic of South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans LAMB OF GOD was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the band’s tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year.

In fulfilling an old promise, LAMB OF GOD are finally on the road and catching up on a major backlog of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the the band’s jam-packed touring schedule for early 2014. “With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM TOURING. Tours by the company have previously included artists at cities including Durban, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein as the major urban centres. “We’re hoping that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centers.” Cape Town can be reached in eight hours by road from Port Elizabeth, and Johannesburg within six hours from all major inland cities, and coastal Durban.

LAMB OF GOD, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.

Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by MAPEX DRUMS, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by JACKSON GUITARS with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after. The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album ‘Sacrament’ receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. LAMB OF GOD is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.

See the LAMB OF GOD facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/lambofgod

Local support for the tour will include both a stalwart and an exciting new South African metal band, one from each city performing at both shows. MIND ASSAULT from Cape Town have become a dominant force in the Southern African metal scene since commencing on their first national tour in 2006, and have featured prominently at a number of tours and major festivals and across the country since then.

See the MIND ASSAULT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/mindassault

THE DRIFT is a new guise featuring familiar faces, such as Louis Du Pisani from formerly of Knave, Hannes of Chromium, Marc of All Forlorn, Stefan of Gadabout, and Jason of Miserichord; formed up into one brand new heavy metal powerhouse. Each band will represent a true reflection of what South African metal has to offer, and form an exciting cross-city metal exchange.

See THE DRIFT facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/thedriftsa

LAMB OF GOD will melt faces on FRIDAY 24 JANUARY in Cape Town, and SATURDAY 25 JANUARY in Johannesburg. Tickets can be purchased as of immediately via www.computicket.com, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.

CAPE TOWN VENUE: CITY HALL AUDITORIUM.

FACILITIES AT BOTH VENUES INCLUDE:

Well-stocked bars (no alcohol served to u18s), food stalls, security, medics.

Regretfully, no u16′s will be allowed, and u18′s will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.

LAMB OF GOD IN SOUTH AFRICA JANUARY 2014

Lamb Of God

Friday 24 January: The Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville

Saturday 25 January: The Expo Centre (Hall 8) NASREC, Johannesburg

Heavy Metal supporters in South Africa have held their breath since early in 2012 when rumours first emerged that a local appearance by USA metal titans Lamb Of God was imminent. Hopes were dashed later that year when the remainder of the bands tour was cancelled in mid-2012 and activity curbed to within United States borders up until June this year. In fulfilling an old promise, Lamb Of God are finally on the road and catching up on a major back log of shows across the globe. The great news for South Africa is that two dates have been squeezed into the bands cram-packed touring schedule for early 2014.

“With only two dates available, we’ll be touring them to Cape Town and Johannesburg,” said Dawid Fourie of RAM Touring, “and we’re expecting that by playing those two cities, the maximum number of fans will get an opportunity to begin planning early for a trip to one of the larger centres.”

Lamb Of God, from the State of Virginia in the USA, were formed in 1990 with current members John Campbell on bass, Mark Morton on Guitar, and the legendary Chris Adler on Drums. Vocalist Randy Blythe joined in 1995 and drummer Chris’s brother Willie Adler replaced Abe Spear on guitar in 1999, resulting in the current line-up which spans more than a decade; and introducing the electrifying chemistry which has launched a successful career for the band we see today.

Chris Adler, endorsed internationally by Mapex Drums, is lauded by drummers the world over for his unique style of playing, and his often used ‘heel-toe’ technique. Guitarist Mark Morton has also made a significant impact on the global guitar-playing fraternity, as celebrated by Jackson Guitars with his ‘Dominion’ signature model being highly sought after.

The band has released six studio albums to date, with their 2006 album ‘Sacrament’ receiving a Grammy nomination, and selling a cumulative two million copies in the USA alone. Lamb Of God is considered to be the spearhead of what heavy metal fans call “The New Wave of American Heavy metal”. What has also won this band great public acclaim are their DVD’s containing many hours of footage on the stage and off of it, but more importantly documenting normal days in the life of a hard working band on tour.

Lamb Of God will melt faces on Friday 24 January in Cape Town, and Saturday 25 January in Johannesburg. Tickets via www.computicket.co.za, or from any Computicket outlet nationwide. General standing is available at R450 and for Golden Circle, only R550.

Regretfully, no u16’s will be allowed, and u18’s will only be admissible if accompanied by adult (21+) supervision and their ID documents.

The opening acts for both shows are: Mind Assault & The Drift.

Lamb of God Social Media:
twitter: www.twitter.com/Lambofgodband
facebook: www.facebook.com/lambofgod

RAMtouring Social Media:
facebook: www.facebook.com/RAMTouringSA
website: www.ramtouring.co.za
twitter: @RAMtouring